Doing Psychology under New Conditions - ISTP 2011

A. Marvakis, J. Motzkau, D. Painter, R. Ruto-Korir, G. Sullivan, S. Triliva & M. Wieser  (Eds.)

Captus University Publications, ISBN 978-1-55322-279-8 (2013)
456 pages, 800 g, 7 X 10, $53.50 (US$42.75)

As a theme for theoretical psychology, Doing psychology under New Conditions implies a complex context and shifting background against which our conceptual, philosophical and critical work is briefly foregrounded. As the contributors to this edition of the conference proceedings show, new connections are forged between previously independent intellectual activities, political allegiances and solidarities shift and change, and previously unanticipated situations require new responses. The papers in the volume highlight changes to the environments in which psychology operates that are not merely re-iterations of previous theoretical topics.

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With philosophy and terror: Transforming bodies into labor power

Silvia Federici




An experiential ethnography of a text-reader conversation:
Discovering mental illness

Dorothy E. Smith







Ubuntu, Qi and feeling: An exploration of non-western
views of mind

Hans van Rappard





Darwinian aesthetics: Criticizing the good-gene hypothesis
of physical beauty

Nora Ruck





Postmodern shame: Self-effects and emergent productions

Steve Larocco




On the interaction between implicit and explicit strategies
for behaviour

René van Hezewijk





Translating between different frames of reference:
A model for the social sciences

Vasi van Deventer





Acts of will: Eastern and Western perspectives

Martin E. Morf




Doing psychology with connectionist nets: The challenging
route from simulation to theory

Chris Janeke





Free will from an ethological perspective

Jannes Eshuis




Psychological inquiry and disciplinary psychology:
Distinct problematics

Rachel Joffe Falmagne





The many faces of ‘relevance’: South African psychology in context

Wahbie Long




Polyvocalism, emancipation, and sociohistoricism:
Possibilities for a critical educational psychology

Stephen Vassallo





Sciences of the living dead: Race, psychology, and epistemic pollution

Thomas Teo




Peripherialization and the history of psychology: An example
from Turkey

Sertan Batur





Problematizing the positive psychology of radical political theory

Mihalis Mentinis






Deconstructing immigration in the UK: Discourses on sameness and otherness

Ilana Mountian





Capitalism and discontent in Mexico’s drug war

David Pavón-Cuéllar & Mario Orozco-Guzmán




Psychology in a society beyond liberalism and communitarianism

Gordana Jovanović




Identity as an insecure psychological space: Reflections from the shifting ethnopolitics in Kenya

Rose C. Ruto-Korir





Theorizing community in and through Third Way ‘alternative’ praxis: A critical psychological analysis

Giouli Tsirtoglou





Working with autism across contexts: Theoretical considerations  on community and state/private sector employment

Electra Anagnostopoulou





Is the discourse on extremism an extremist discourse?

Andrea Kleeberg-Niepage




Feminism in Israel: A slow but noticeable change in  women’s psychology

Dahlia Moore






The ethics of psychology in the age of the globalized therapeutic culture

Ole Jacob Madsen





Doing psychology amidst a ‘crisis’ in capitalism: The relevance of situationism and psychogeography for studying environments

Alexander J. Bridger







Dialogue between mediation and style

Cor Baerveldt




Re-actualizing Bergson’s concept of duration: The role of  schematic memory in psychological life

Andrés Haye





Fechner and Spinoza’s monism: An old alternative to a still current problem

Ericka Marie Itokazu & Arthur Arruda Leal Ferreira





Dilthey’s dream: Psycho-philosophical reflection through the work of art

Melinda Pinfold





Culture and mind in reconstruction: Bartlett’s analogy between individual and group processes

Brady Wagoner





Methodological reflections on Leontiev’s Activity Theory: Activity Theory and ‘The Logic of History’

Giorgos Kakarinos





Ancient Greek philosophical dialogue and contemporary psychology

Manolis Dafermos




(Theories are) More than words: Why images are significant to theoretical psychology

Martin Wieser & Thomas Slunecko





Not a theory, but more than a word: An enquiry into the neoliberal mind and psyche

Dieter Redlich





Personality traits: Fuzzy constructs reified then dissolved

Brad Piekkola




The resilient disassembled past: Memory, presence, metonymy, and time

Scott Greer








‘Learning’—a powerful explanatory concept, or an empty promise of psychology?

Wolfgang Maiers





Learning and conduct of everyday life and dropout in the Danish VET system

Klaus Nielsen





Expanding the conduct of everyday life concept for psychological media research with children

Niklas Alexander Chimirri





Understanding children’s learning as connected to social life

Anja Hvidtfeldt Stanek


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Athanasios Marvakis (Dipl.-Psych., Dr. rer. soc., University of Tübingen/Germany) is Associate Professor in Clinical Social Psychology at the School of Primary Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). His interests revolve around psychology and its relations with the various forms of social inequalities and social exclusion, including youth as a social group and migrants/refugees in Greece. During recent years he has started to be engaged in the critical psychology of learning and the “schooling-complex.”


Johanna Motzkau (PhD, C. Psychol., Dipl.-Psych.), is a lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, UK. Originally from Berlin, she has a background in Philosophy, German Kritische Psychologie, theoretical and forensic psychology. Drawing on the work of Deleuze, Bergson and Stengers, her research focuses on memory, suggestibility, the interaction of psychology and law, children’s rights and sexual abuse.


Desmond Painter is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. His research interests include theoretical psychology and the critical social psychology of language, especially in postcolonial societies. He was co-editor, with Clifford van Ommen, of Interiors: A history of psychology in South Africa (2008).


Rose Cheptoo Ruto-Korir has a PhD from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at Moi University, Kenya. She chairs the School Graduate Studies and is the Chief Editor of Educational Journal of Behavioral Science.


Gavin Sullivan is a Senior Lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. His research focuses on Wittgenstein’s philosophy, reflexivity, qualitative research methods, social constructionism/discursive psychology, self-conscious/self-evaluative emotions, mixed/ambivalent emotions, collective emotions, national pride/nationalism/patriotism, and critical health psychology.


Sofia Triliva is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Crete (Greece). Her research interests are in community psychology, more specifically, the creation, application and evaluation of anti-racism and family support programming.


Martin Wieser is PhD fellow at the DK-Plus Program “The Sciences in Historical, Philosophical and Cultural Contexts” at the Faculty of Historical and Cultural Studies and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Psychology, University of Vienna. His research interests focus on the history and philosophy of science and their political, technological and socio-cultural implications, especially in the history of Western Psychology.